Although I started composing tangos rather by chance, I soon realised that this style was a way back into rhythm and dance, something that’s been missing from a lot of contemporary classical music in the post-war period. These pieces are mostly concert tangos – although some have been used in dance halls and by tango DJs – and they fuse elements of tango, and influences of Spanish music, with more complex musical structures.
Whether, strictly speaking, these are ‘tangos’ or not (Piazzolla asked himself the same question) they open a door into a world of hypnotic rhythms that underpin clear melodic lines. The emphasis is on the evocative – a shadowy world of slowly changing textures and nuances.
Pájaros del Mar (2005)
Pajaros del Mar – audio
Mediterranean Counterpoint (2007)
fl, ssax, vc, pf, db
Mediterranean Counterpoint – score